Taipei’s focus on asymmetric warfare and dual-purpose technology could lend itself to productive exchanges with former Soviet Bloc nations.   Following a seven-year hiatus, Taiwan made a timely return to the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in February 2023. Representing Taiwan at this premier global event was Vincent Chao, a Taipei City councilor with the ruling Democratic…

Fires and ghost stories haven’t prevented the proliferation of Southeast Asian restaurants surrounding a historic shopping center from creating a novel blend of cultures and cuisines. When a fire broke out on Chenggong Road in Taichung’s Central District in mid-November, it brought back vivid memories of a mid-1990s spate of blazes that destroyed property in…

With a solid manufacturing base already established, analysts see Vietnam as the ideal partner for transferring tech and innovation know-how.  Taiwanese entrepreneurs had been exploring opportunities in Vietnam long before discussions about a “China Plus One” strategy of minimizing supply chain dependency on China by diversifying sourcing emerged among Western companies. By 2013, Taiwanese investment…

The government, together with large corporations, has launched initiatives to help small and medium-sized enterprises address the challenges of digital transformation, stringent ESG requirements, and intergenerational management systems. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which represent 99% of all enterprises in Taiwan, have been cited as a linchpin to the country’s rapid post-war development. Yet SMEs…